Not only is today George W. Bush’s 65th birthday, and Nancy Reagan’s 90th, and the birthday of that girl we went to high school with who dated that one guy before we did (#grudges), it’s also National (or International, depending on who you make out with) Kissing Day. This is important, because if you’re going to lip-lock with someone, you might as well have the backing of the nation. Or the WORLD! Furthering the cause is a recent study by the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University that says that the more men kiss and cuddle in relationships, the happier they are. Aw.
Meanwhile, women, those cold-hearted, end-goal-focused wenches, were “more apt to report their sexual satisfaction.”
In the wise words of a certain Wikipedia entry,
Many people may have forgotten the simple pleasures associated with kissing for kissing’s sake, as opposed to kissing as mere social formality or prelude to other activities. Kissing can be an enjoyable experience in and of itself.
In addition to being National/International Kissing Day, it’s also Fried Chicken Day. Take your pick. Or, frankly, why choose? Kissing can burn around 120-325 calories an hour, or around 2-5 calories a minute. One Spicy Crispy KFC thigh has 360 calories (a drumstick has but 160 calories). Both can be enjoyable experiences in and of themselves, but are even better when combined.
Kiss people; eat chicken.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 6, 2011